Archive for the Economic Engine Category

Crenshaw/LAX worker is First Lady’s special guest


When LeDaya Epps imagines the completed 8.5-mile Crenshaw/LAX rail line, she will be able to brag to her three children that she helped build it. As one of the few women on the project, Epps is also especially proud that she was born and raised in Compton, […]

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Metro Moves Forward to Help Small Businesses During Crenshaw Construction


In an unprecedented move forward, the Metro Board of Directors recently awarded a two year contract to help small businesses impacted by Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project construction. “Rail construction is always challenging and it’s particularly difficult for nearby businesses,” said Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. “That’s why we are committed […]

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Eat, Shop, Play Crenshaw Campaign Launches


Metro and Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas launched the Eat, Shop and Play Crenshaw campaign recently at the 9th annual Taste of Soul festival to support businesses impacted by the construction of the Crenshaw/LAX rail line. Approximately 40 businesses, ranging from hair salons to restaurants to furniture […]

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Board to Take Up Living Wage for County Contracts


Hoping to improve the lives of thousands of residents who live with salaries that are below the minimum wage, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has asked for a review of a new living wage standard offered by the county to contract employees based on today’s […]

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Innovative Partnerships Address Blight in Koreatown


New retail outlets, housing units and business space are in the offing for a currently blighted section of Vermont Avenue in Koreatown. For 20 years, several county buildings near the intersection of Vermont and 6th streets have been eyesores in the neighborhood. They are even worse, however, inside, plagued with […]

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Jobseekers Pursue Empowerment from Employment at Job Club


Sinaa Watkins, 43, is a single mother of two with a 19-year-old daughter and a seven-year-old son. Currently unemployed and living with her mother, Watkins says a job would allow her to get back on her feet. “It’s all about supporting family for me,” said Watkins at […]

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Business Solution Center Approved

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The Metropolitan Transportation Board unanimously approved a first-of-its kind business assistance program for small business owners currently struggling with the construction of the Crenshaw/LAX light rail line along Crenshaw Boulevard. The motion to establish the Business Solution Center was introduced by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Mayor Eric Garcetti, […]

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Paying for Results


Knowing that results matter, Los Angeles County is looking to increase partnerships with organizations that show clear, measurable, positive outcomes for the programs they run and the work that they do. The so-called “Pay for Success” model has been used nationwide as a way to bring together […]

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Economic and Community Development Plan Moves Forward


Increasing affordable housing and expanding employment opportunities has been a longstanding priority in Los Angeles County, but the elimination of redevelopment agencies in 2011, made it difficult for the county to fund these types of projects.  But the county will soon have a new economic plan to […]

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Helping Veterans Find Jobs


When she returned from duty in Iraq, Christina Watkins became one of the many veterans unable to find a job. She found that her skills did not translate well onto paper and that employers did not see how the skills she learned in the military were transferrable […]

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